Latest Labor economy News

Surprise uptick in spending by Americans as delta spread

Sep. 16, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a rise in COVID-19 cases Americans spent at a brisk pace last month, though much of that spending was done online and not at restaurants or other industries beleaguered by the arrival of the delta variant. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted...

Job market disconnect raises concerns over economic recovery

Sep. 16, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

The gulf between record job openings and a lack of people taking those jobs is forcing Wall Street to reassess the pace of the economic recovery. Jobs were gutted during the pandemic and employment growth has been a closely watched gauge for investors. Increasing...

US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

Sep. 16, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week before,...

Georgia jobless rate falls to 3.5% in August, payrolls stall

Sep. 16, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's jobless rate fell for the 16th straight month in August, although employer payroll growth stalled. The state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% from 3.7% in July. The state's jobless rate was 7% in August 2020. The number...

Cuba opens door to more private business, but red tape looms

Sep. 16, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Opening a small business is a bureaucratic headache in many parts of the world. In Cuba, it's an adventure in largely unknown territory. Most sorts of private businesses have been banned for more than 50 years, even if hundreds of thousands of Cubans in...

US jobless claims tick up to 332,000, up 20,000 from last week, as delta variant weighs on economy

Sep. 16, 2021 08:39 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims tick up to 332,000, up 20,000 from last week, as delta variant weighs on economy.

Washington August jobless rate was 5.1%; 16,800 jobs added

Sep. 15, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s unemployment rate remained at 5.1% and the state added 16,800 jobs last month, officials announced Wednesday. The Employment Security Department said that August's rate was the same as July's rate, and the job gains came even as...

Kansas' Democratic governor appears wary of vaccine mandate

Sep. 15, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is indicating that she's wary of President Joe Biden's mandate that companies with 100 or more employees require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. The Democratic governor said...

Census: Relief programs staved off hardship in COVID crash

Sep. 14, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive government relief passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic moved millions of Americans out of poverty last year, even as the official poverty rate increased slightly, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The official poverty measure rose 1...

UK payrolls above pre-pandemic level and job vacancies soar

Sep. 14, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of people on payroll in the U.K. has soared back to levels last seen before the coronavirus pandemic struck a year and a half ago, official figures showed Tuesday in the latest clear signal that the lifting of lockdown restrictions has prompted businesses to ramp up...